The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Wanetee (Schooner), gale damage, 21 Jul 1886

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Chicago, July 22. - The schooner WANETA, Capt. Jones, arrived in port this morning in a badly demoralized condition. She left Chicago last night, light, bound for Muskegon, and when ten miles out in the lake she encountered a severe gale, which carried away some of her fore-rigging and jammed her up so that she could not be handled. She broached to in the heavy sea, which boarded her and swept her from stem to stern, finally carrying away her jibboom and snapping he fore-mast off close to the deck.
      For a time her crew of five men was in the utmost peril, and had to cling to the vessel to prevent being washed overboard by the waves which swept over her. All night they hung, while every instant the vessel threatened to founder, until at daylight they were sighted through the dense fog that hung over the lake by Capt. Hogan of the steam barge ALBERT SOPER. A heavy sea was still running, and made the efforts of the SOPER's crew to save the schooner futile. Capt. Hogan spent some time in endeavoring to pick up the WANETA, but finding that it was impossible, he set out in search of a tug. Off the mouth of the harbor the tug FLOSSIE THEILCKE, Captain Johnson, was found and sent to the WANETA's relief.
After several hours' hard work the THIELCKE succeeded in picking the schooner up and towing her back to the life-saving station.
      The Detroit Tribune
      Friday, July 23, 1886

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Reason: gale damage
Lives: nil
Remarks: Repaired
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  • Michigan, United States
    Latitude: 43.68473 Longitude: -86.53036
William R. McNeil
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Wanetee (Schooner), gale damage, 21 Jul 1886